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Mozilla Releases Second Alpha Edition Of Next Standalone Browser

This version, code-named Deer Park, includes an integrated update system that will make it possible to patch the browser with small-sized upgrade files.

The Mozilla Foundation has posted the second alpha edition of its next stand-alone browser, for now code named "Deer Park."

This version, Mozilla said late Tuesday, now includes an integrated update system that will make it possible to patch the browser will small-sized upgrade files, rather than forcing users to download and re-install a full version, as is now the case. The update system, however, is disabled for the moment.

"We'll be asking some testers to turn it on," said Chris Hofmann, Mozilla's director of engineering, adding that Mozilla wants to slowly ramp up the number of users testing the update service to ensure it's working properly.

Also new to Alpha 2 is a feature dubbed Fastback, which caches previously-visited pages in memory for faster display when clicking the back and forward navigation buttons. Although Fastback has been included in numerous Deer Park builds, this is the first time it's been enabled by default.

Deer Park Alpha 2 also sports improvements to pop-up blocking, better support for Mac OS X, several security fixes, and drag-and-drop reordering of tabs.

Alpha 2 can be downloaded in versions for Windows, the Mac, and Linux from the Mozilla Web site.

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